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Light from Other Stars
Light from Other Stars | Erika Swyler
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From the author of national bestseller The Book of Speculation, a poignant, fantastical novel about the electric combination of ambition and wonder that keeps us reaching toward the heavens. Eleven-year-old Nedda Papas is obsessed with becoming an astronaut. In 1986 in Easter, a small Florida Space Coast town, her dreams seem almost within reach--if she can just grow up fast enough. Theo, the scientist father she idolizes, is consumed by his own obsessions. Laid off from his job at NASA and still reeling from the loss of Nedda's newborn brother several years before, Theo turns to the dangerous dream of extending his living daughter's childhood just a little longer. The result is an invention that alters the fabric of time. Amidst the chaos that erupts, Nedda must confront her father and his secrets, the ramifications of which will irrevocably change her life, her community, and the entire world. But she finds an unexpected ally in Betheen, the mother she's never quite understood, who surprises Nedda by seeing her more clearly than anyone else. Decades later, Nedda has achieved her long-held dream, and as she floats in antigravity, far from earth, she and her crewmates face a serious crisis. Nedda may hold the key to the solution, if she can come to terms with her past and the future that awaits her. Light from Other Stars is about fathers and daughters, women and the forces that hold them back, and the cost of meaningful work. It questions how our lives have changed, what progress looks like, and what it really means to sacrifice for the greater good.
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JSW
Light from Other Stars | Erika Swyler
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Is this sci-fi? Yes. Is this a book about family? Yes. Is it a study of human dynamics? Yes. Speculative, alternative fiction? Yes. Is it excellent and trippy and poignant and immersive? Yes. Highly recommend for book groups! 📚👥

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Valink
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I‘m 1/4 through this book and saw the author tweet yesterday that she would be at a library close to my job tonight. Perfect timing! I love her moon dress and kick ass red boots! Here she‘s reading a passage about the Challenger explosion. I was about the same age as the main character and remember watching with horror in school as it happened live.

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Tanzy13
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From the author of national bestseller The Book of Speculation, a poignant, fantastical novel about the electric combination of ambition & wonder that keeps us reaching toward the heavens. Light from Other Stars is about fathers and daughters, women and the forces that hold them back, and the cost of meaningful work. It questions how our lives have changed, what progress looks like, and what it really means to sacrifice for the greater good.

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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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This is science fiction, with much emphasis on the science, so be prepared to engage your brain muscles as you read. It's also a story of loss, and lonliness, and the lies we tell in hopes of saving others, so don't be surprised when it tugs on your heart muscles, as well. Thoughtful, sometimes painful. One I could read again.

rjsthumbelina This just got bumped up my TBR! 1mo
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Scochrane26
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My library‘s theme for summer is space, so for book club, the librarian chose this book. Think it‘s sci-fi but has main themes of grief, family relationships, mortality, & wanting children to stay children. About halfway through, I wasn‘t sure I liked the sci-fi part, but then I stayed up last night to finish it. A bonus—first book I‘ve read where the Challenger explosion is talked about & the girl is about the same age I was when it happened.

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Scochrane26
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“A ship with gravity would have helped their bodies hold up. .... But the colony mission had a timeline: boots on planet by the end of the decade. Droughts, wildfires, and Manila sinking had served only to increase that pressure. Climate change had at last caught up and surpassed the rate of technological advances.”
I wonder if this last sentence is where we are now.

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Scochrane26
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1. Tagged book and listening to The Study of Scarlet Women
2. Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson
3. 4 print, 1 audio
#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Expandingbookshelf
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This dedication is just 🌟Every time I see it, I‘m just happy 💜

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Scochrane26
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Started this one. Sci-fi with past family issues. Not my normal genre, but it‘s for library book club, and the librarian has picked good ones so far.

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Cfrosty
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Took me a little while to get into the story, but once I was in, it carried me away.

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HeatherBlue
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Super blown away by this book 💙

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Expandingbookshelf
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Light had carried her here, brought her decades from where she‘d begun. In the planets purple glow she found her father, the brother she never knew and his single painful hour...They‘d brought her traveling to the sky‘s end. They‘d woken her to life. She saw her mother...her good eye watered but it wasn‘t crying. It was washing away. The mass of words she‘d held inside her for a lifetime dissolved. She saw. She touched the face of God

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Bookmarkie
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I had to stop the madness of listening to the audiobook of The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle —14 hrs in—-couldn‘t follow it anymore and was not enjoying it that much. Moving on...

Melissa_J This one sounds really interesting! 3mo
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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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I had no idea what this book was about apparently, as I was pleasantly surprised when it took a bit of a horror/scifi turn. I was definitely the target audience for this book. I currently live an hour from where the majority of the book takes place and love the space program. I definitely recommend this and can tell that this is a story I will routinely think back to.

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Branwen
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Super excited about my library hold that finally came in! I've heard a lot of really great things about it! 💕📚 #librarylove

mrozzz I was lucky enough to hear the author speak about it a couple weeks ago- it really sounds great! 3mo
Branwen @mrozzz Oh wow! Thatbmust have been so awesome! 😀 3mo
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JSW
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Got to see Erika Swyler tonight at my local indie @bookshopsc and she‘s so smart and funny and cool. Can‘t wait to read her new one!

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mrozzz
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What a cool night! Erika Swyler is such a passionate woman, I was rapt listening to her speak about her new book. I‘ve had it from NetGalley for a little while, but I happily bought a copy (and got it signed). ☺️

Sweettartlaura Ooh I loved her last one! Glad to hear she‘s got another - thanks! 4mo
readordierachel How fun! 4mo
Skyrimir I‘ve got this one preordered, I‘m really looking forward to it! 4mo
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KimM
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If you were ever a little girl who loved science you will love this book. Science fiction with a dose of horror that Stephen King would approve of. 4⭐️s

#lightfromotherstars
#netgalley
#bloomsbury

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GirlWellRead
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The story is framed in two time periods—at the time of the Challenger explosion and then in the future. It was the futuristic timeline/time in space that was disengaging and I was happy to be immersed in the earlier timeline.

What I did enjoy was the writing, there is no doubt that Swyler is a talented author, but I felt bogged down by the terminology and high level of detail and therefore was emotionally disconnected.

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Joe_Jones
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Part Science Fiction, part Coming of Age, part Family Life, and all Awesomeness! Even better than her first book she explores what it means to be human, to love, and to follow our dreams!

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Lauren.Archer
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The writing was excellent but at times this book got very technical and lost me. The story takes places on two time lines one in 1986 right at the time of the Challenger explosion and then later upon a space ship. Again for most of the stories I was totally engaged and wanted to follow this family in the earlier timeline and the when they were in space. Only when it went into is technical science jargon I was a goner.

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MelissaS
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Swyler‘s first novel was so charming, it‘s among my all-time favorites. This new one is mind-bending and heartbreaking and original. It gets published on May 7. Put it on your list now! #netgalley

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underground_bks
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Nedda is 11 & space-obsessed, when Challenger explodes over her town. Her father, a scientist grieving his infant son, Nedda‘s fleeting youth, & the degeneration of his hands, alters time in wondrous & tragic ways after Challenger. Years later, Nedda is flying toward a distant planet when a dire malfunction makes her reckon with her past. LFOS is a thrilling journey through space & time & a moving exploration of the bond between parent and child.

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ablachly
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This book is absolutely beautiful. The narrative is split between present day, when Nedda is an astronaut, and 1986, when she's growing up in a small Florida town with a scientist father who used to work for NASA. It's a work of speculative fiction, sure--but also a poignant reflection on relationships, family, death, and time.

ph9k was this part of the ARC box I sent? 7mo
ablachly @ph9k Yes - but also maybe I got a Netgalley copy and read it a few weeks ago? BUT I STILL WANT THE HARD COPY YOU GOT ME. 7mo
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Liberty
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How lovely! Very excited to read this one. I love THE BOOK OF SPECULATION. ⭐️🍊📚

JaclynW Pretty. 7mo
Bklover Oh I can‘t WAIT to read this. 💙💙💙 7mo
Linsy Oooh pretty! 7mo
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